Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I had been hearing good things about Experimenter since Sundance, but I wasn't quite prepared for how moving and bracing I'd find the latest film from writer-director Michael Almereyda. It stars Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram, the man who conducted the obedience study in the early 1960s in which a subject would administer shocks to another person, upping the voltage each time, even though the second person (who was actually working with Milgram) would beg him to stop. This is a biopic done right: endlessly curious, intellectually stirring, wonderfully ambiguous. My glowing review is up at Paste.